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The digital world offers a lot of convenience. Can we use it all without sacrificing privacy?

We weigh the pros and cons of online banking, medical records, app permissions, and public Wi-Fi, among other digital conveniences. 


The digital world offers many conveniences, but how do we protect ourselves and our personal information while enjoying them?


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Privacy and convenience are often at loggerheads in the digital world. The apps we use require certain permissions to operate, which could put some of our personal data at risk.

From online banking, to medical privacy, to recent concerns about "juice jacking" – how can we best protect our data at home, work, and everywhere in-between, while still enjoying the conveniences the digital world offers?

In the audio above, we ask Chris Bronk, from the University of Houston's Hobby School of Public Affairs. He formerly directed the University of Houston's graduate cybersecurity program and taught in the UH College of Technology.

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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